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. now i'll ask about the faa furloughs, which started yesterday. a group of almost the entire airline industry, including air traffic controller unions, flight attendants, pilot unions, and the industry itself, have written denis mcdonough and the white house a letter saying that the faa should be granted flexibility so they don't have to furlough the air traffic controllers. what do you say to this broad coalition? they say that other agencies have been given such flexibility and they believe the faa should have the same flexibility. >> let me give you some facts. the department of transportation is required by law to cut about $1 billion between now and the end of september; $637 million of that comes from the faa. the faa has initiated a series of cost-saving measures for personnel and non-personnel related, including a hiring freeze, restrictions on travel, termination of certain temporary employees, and reductions to contracts, among other savings. but furloughs cannot be avoided. seventy percent of the faa's operations budget is personnel. the faa must furlough 47,000 employees
and it was so toxic that there was a no fly zone, is that right? >> they asked for the f.a.a. and they ordered aircraft out of the area. and the video that we saw, if it keeps playing you will see the blast concussion hit the father and his child and that car. it is just shocking. you wouldn't think being that far away from the blast it would have that kind of an impact. but it really does. the mayor was interviewed by one of the local television stations. the mayor said the blast was so powerful that it knocked the mirrors off of his pick up truck and blew the hat right off of his head. >> that's unbelievable. throughout the night you were reporting along the lines of the heros in this story. there was a response effort and getting people to local hospitals. initially we heard they were getting sent to a local hospital and there was a triage center. as the night continues we learned there were efforts from all over the state and that victims were being sent to a number of hospitals and not just only in waco and west. >> that's right. there have been a number of children injured as well as the
have was happening because of the restrictions put in place by the faa. of course, the toxic fumes were a reason to evacuate many people from a triage that had been set up on the high school football field there in the town of west. i am not sure people can understand the magnitude and th. [inaudible] -- it was liken to the oklahoma city bombing. just a tower of fertilizer exploding. [inaudible] not just the devastation but the power of this blast that literally ripped the back end off of a white pickup truck and blew the windows out. we are hearing stories like that all across town. you know, wednesday night in texas, it is normally church night. folks were coming out from their wednesday evening prayer meetings and bible studies and they were thrust into this explosion that happened around 8:00 central time. many people didn't get a lot of warning. we do have new information from the dallas morning news. they are telling us, first of all that the american red cross, they areach are dispatching peoo help hundreds of people try to find somewhere to sleep and somewhere to live in the com
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